FORT MYERS, Fla. ( October 24 , 2014)
With singers, drama, solo and ensemble instrumentalists, pianists, organists, and brass musicians, The Village Church has prepared for a mixture of inspirational experiences to highlight the 2014-2015 Season of Praise Concert Series.
“It is a joy for us to partner and present guest artists who encourage and inspire us with the artistic expressions of their faith,” said Randy Woods, minister of worship and music at The Village Church.
The concert series will begin on Sunday, December 7 at 6:15 p.m. with a festive Christmas celebration featuring composer/pianist Joel Raney and organist Jane Holstein, along with The Village Church Choir and Festival Orchestra, presenting Raney’s original musical, A Thrill of Hope. This year marks the fifth anniversary celebrating the publication of this Christmas musical that was specifically written for The Village Church Choir. The musical has since been performed by countless churches around the world. A Thrill of Hope is a dynamic retelling of the Christmas story, divided into four parts: hope, love, peace, and joy. Raney has crafted a musical medley for each section, packed with an amazing array of familiar carols and original music addressing the major themes of Advent and Christmas. It culminates in an uplifting celebration of the joy of the season.
Bold Sounds of Brass
Tim Zimmerman & The King’s Brass will begin the New Year with a concert on Sunday, January 11 at 6:15 p.m. The performance will include classic hymn arrangements with a contemporary flair. The King’s Brass features three trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, percussion, and keyboards. These instruments blend together to create a time of innovative worship that will be enjoyed by all generations. Secular and sacred music critics alike applaud their concerts as “superb in every way” and “innovative and well played.” The King’s Brass offers an unforgettable concert experience.
On Sunday, February 22 at 6:15 p.m., Theater for the Thirsty will perform the musical dramatic presentation of My Name is Daniel. Theater for the Thirsty is a ministry that specializes in music-infused, funny, thought-provoking, soul-stirring, and imaginative theater. You will be entertained and completely challenged in your faith as you watch this popular Bible story come to life.
Inspiring classical and sacred music will proclaim God’s praise during a performance by the Amasi Trio on Sunday, March 22 at 6:15 p.m. The group, comprised of violinist Sungrai Sohn, cellist, Dr. Chungsun Kim, and pianist Dr. Tammy Lum, was formed in the early 90s and has performed a wide repertoire from Western and Asian literature. Don’t miss this remarkable piano trio as they take the stage at The Village Church.
On Easter Sunday, April 5 at 6:15 p.m., organist Diane Bish will showcase her artistry dedicated to the glory of God. Internationally known for her television program, The Joy of Music, Diane Bish is the most visible and influential classical organist performing today. She has displayed her dazzling virtuosity and unique showmanship the world over to international acclaim. Her performances have been hailed by critics as stunning, virtuoso, fiery, and astonishing.
Above: King’s Brass
Above: Diane Bish
Above: Amasi Trio
Above: Jane Holstein and Joel Raney
Above: Theater For The Thirsty
The Village Church is honored to present this inspirational Season of Praise Concert Series. All concerts require the purchase of a non-refundable $10 ticket. Tickets will be available at the church office beginning Monday, November 3. Tickets are also available online at www.shellpoint.org/seasonofpraise. For more information, please call the church office at (239) 454-2147.